RISING ACTOR GUEST STARS IN TONIGHT’S EPISODE OF CBS’S BULL
RISING ACTOR GUEST STARS IN TONIGHT’S EPISODE OF CBS’S BULL
TELEVISION STAR, FILM ACTOR, AND COMPETITIVE ATHLETE IS TAKING OVER THE INDUSTRY
We had the exclusive pleasure to catch up with one of the industry’s rising stars (honored at the 2018 Westfield International Film Festival) Myles Clohessy. Born from a family in the industry, his father Robert Clohessy (The Avengers, OZ, Blue Bloods, Broadway Empire) and his brother Bryon, is a Scorpio Irish-American actor that blends both characteristics of being super competitive and flirtatiously goofy. A mix we all love. He is best known for his television appearances in television shows such as Quantico and Blue Bloods and now you can see him tonight on CBS’s hit television drama show BULL. This ambitious thespian was a former Division 1 college soccer athlete at Central Connecticut State University until he ultimately decided to transfer his life and pursue his acting degree full time at the renowned Conservatory of Acting at SUNY Purchase. He later signed to the fitness modeling division of Wilhelmina Models in 2017 and continued to pursue is endeavors in 2018 by walking the for the Thorsun Men's & Women's Spring/Summer 2018 Collection during New York Fashion Week amongst making his name in television, shorts and upcoming feature films. Fortunately, we had a moment to grab him amongst his booked schedule to get you this special interview.
- Mary Swanson
NIE: Thank you for taking your time and having this interview with us. Congratulations on your role in CBS’s BULL. What can you tell us about the episode and your role? How was your experience working on the project?
Myles Clohessy - It’s my pleasure! And thank you! In Bull [S3E20] I play the eldest son [Brendan McCandless] of an infamous Irish crime family, who’s put on trial, with my brother, for the murder of a judge among many other crimes. So, lets just say I play a really bad guy, who I think, deep down, is really doing all this for his Father, who’s basically his idol, played by the brilliant Thomas Francis Murphey. I just had the greatest experience working on Bull, the director Dennis Smith is the utmost professional and it was really just smooth sailing and a whole bunch of fun the whole two weeks i was on set. He really trusts the actors and allows them to explore the characters the way they want, which is always a blessing for an actor.
NIE - I see you are in a few LGBTQ projects The Last Ferry and Denim. What drew you to those roles? Are you a supporter of LGBTQ rights? If so, why?
Myles Clohessy - I think I was drawn to the two roles for differing reasons. Last Ferry really is a thriller by nature which is something I’ve always wanted to act in because not only are they so entertaining for an audience but as an actor, it’s usually the most fun you’ll have on a set if your working on a thriller or horror film. [The film], of course, had LGBTQ themes and most of the characters were gay but I think the directors and producers didn’t want to have to make a statement regarding LGBTQ rights, but instead try and normalize just having characters who happen to pretty much all be gay, but without forcing an issue or statement. Which I think is a statement within itself. With Denim, I was really drawn to it bringing light to the Bathroom Bill and LGTBQ rights, in particular, those in the trans community, which I think rarely has a light shown on [the issues] in the entertainment buisness.
NIE - What’s some of your techniques you use to get into your characters?
Myles Clohessy - The process I have to get into character always starts by reading the script through many times, breaking it down, beat by beat, and going through the setting, the time period, incorporating research on those things, particularly if its a piece of historical work like the film I just did ‘Martin Eden’ which takes place in early 1900’s Nantucket. From there i’ll go into really getting specific with my character and really bringing it to life by simply asking questions like who am I? Where am I? What do I want? Why do I want it? What will happen if I dont get it now? Etc.. all questions which will really help drive the scenes, finding all your obstacles and stakes and then lastly, trying to figure out the voice and body of the character, really trying to get the physicality of the character down so they can become more three dimensional.
“Don’t be afraid to fail, because it won’t be the end of the world, but it might just be the first step towards learning something and getting better at it”
- Myles Clohessy
NIE - That’s amazing and quite a process. What obstacles do you face as an actor and what do you do to overcome and achieve your goals?
Myles Clohessy - I think the biggest obstacles I face as an actor is just overcoming myself. Whether that be the self doubt that can creep into every actor at some point in their career, or the fear of failure, etc.. and I think the best way to overcome that is trying to truly look inside of yourself and just keep your head up, stay confident, tell yourself your good enough, you can do this, and just always keep working as hard as you possibly can.
NIE - What do you personally take out of a role and what impact does it have on you?
Myles Clohessy - Most of my recent roles I’m trying not to take anything out of because I’m playing all killers and really, really bad people!! Haha But to switch it around, in terms of what the roles take out of me personally, each role varies, some roles are easier to fall into because they are so close to home and to who I am as a person, others are more taxing emotionally, but I think what’s constant is the amount of work and time I put in on each and every role. Hours and hours of character work, research, memorization, goes into developing characters and always being truly present on a set, even when your working those overnights or long 16 hour days, it’s important to always be present and recall on all that hard work you put into building the character, but it’s hard, those long hours can really drain you, but honestly there’s nothing better, and I’m sure every actor could attest to that.
NIE - Where did the desire to be an actor stem from?
Myles Clohessy - I think my desire to be an actor came naturally from my fascination with history and people. From a young age, 6,7,8 years old, I was outside reenacting movies, historical battles, and ended up making three “films” with my Dad, Robert Clohessy (Avengers, 16 Blocks, Blue Bloods) and childhood friends about the Great Wars of history. [I] got all the costumes and made up scenes. [The experience] was great, pure and by pure I mean, I had no idea about the concept of acting as a job. [I] didn’t know that was a thing, even with my dad being a successful actor, [acting] was always just make believe and playing pretend and something that brought me utter joy. And over the years that just developed into a more “mature” outlook on what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. My dad has been a successful actor for over 30 years and was always an inspiration and it just furthered my belief that acting, as hard as it can be as a buisness, is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
NIE - Amongst your family in the industry including your father, how has he shaped, guided or motivated you to be the person you are today?
Myles Clohessy - My dad has had the biggest influence on me, its amazing and a blessing to have been able to grow up watching my dad on the big screen in a movie theater, on TV every Friday night, or going to see him in a broadway play. I probably took it for granted as a kid but all those experiences really helped shape me into the actor I am today, always hungry but always humble and happy to work which I think is something I learned from my dad.
NIE - How do you prepare yourself before a scene? And how do you overcome your nerves? What helps you perform to the best of your ability?
Myles Clohessy - I prepare myself for a scene by going through my lines and really making sure I know what just happened right before this scene so nothing is out of context physcially or emotionally, and maybe if it’s an intense scene I’ll do pushups or some sprints just to get physically there which then helps put me in my place emotionally. I don’t tend to ever get nervous on set, thankfully, once I’ve got the job, I’m there, I’m in it and ready to go. I get really nervous before auditions and honestly I dont think there’s anything I’ve found that helps with that so if anyone knows any tricks let me know! Haha I think performing to the best of your ability comes with the confidence of just knowing you’ve done all the prep work you could and then just being confident enough to take the character by the horns, be present, and just perform it with the confidence and joy that comes with knowing you’ve done all your homework on it.
NIE - What would you say is the biggest asset for any actor in the industry to achieve?
Myles Clohessy - The biggest asset for any actor in this buisness would be a thick skin and perseverance. [This field] is so hard, there’s so much competition, so much rejection, but it’s all worth it in the end if you persevere and work hard.
“Work harder… stay confident… and don’t forget to enjoy life.”
- Myles Clohessy
NIE - What are some of your secret tips that help you in this industry to keep grounded and focused?
Myles Clohessy - Some tips I’d give to stay grounded and focused in this industry is actually to celebrate the hell out of each and every role you get, no matter how small, enjoy it for what it’s worth while you have it, because each and every role you get is a blessing, and by doing so, I think it really refreshes you and makes you excited to get back in the ring and start working hard again, where as many actors just stay on this hamster wheel of thinking about the next thing, the next job, the next audition, and it’s just a cycle of misery! Haha
NIE - We see you take part in various charities and volunteer for a non-profit organization. That is extremely commendable. Can you tell us more about them?
Myles Clohessy - I did a charity play my senior year of college for The Big Cats Initiative which was raising funds for endangered animals, and more specicially for Big Cats such as lions, tigers, leapords, etc.. that were in danger from mass poaching. I try and continue in that spirit today by donating and bringing awareness to animal funds like ASPCA [American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals] and others, because animals are just something I’m extremely passionate about.
NIE - Who would you say inspires you to be the best person you can be?
Myles Clohessy - I’m inspired by my hardworking fiancee who worked a full time job, while getting her college degree, paying for it all herself just to have a better life with me and for herself. I’m inspired by my two hard working parents who’ve really sacrificed everything for the betterment of me and my brother, and with whom I’d be nowhere without.
NIE - What advice would you give to someone who wanted to pursue a career in the field?
Myles Clohessy - The advice I’d [say to] who really wants to purse this career is to develop a thick skin and always believe in yourself while working as hard as you possibly can. Because there wll be so much rejection and self doubt you will face, but the buisness will break before you do, if you just keep your head up, keep learning and working hard, and let all the rejection and hardships that come with this buisness blow away. Let them land and learn from them, but don’t let them effect your confidence. If your truly in it for the love of acting, not fame, then you’re in it for the long haul so stay confident and don’t lose your love for the craft!
NIE - What are the most impactful words of wisdom someone told you and who was it?
Myles Clohessy - The most impactful words of wisdom I’ve received I think was from one of my college theatre professors who said something along the lines of “don’t be afraid to fail, because it won’t be the end of the world, but it might just be the first step towards learning something and getting better at it” which is something I always think about before an audition or while prepping a role.
NIE - We would love to know what are three things you would say to your younger self that you know now?
Myles Clohessy - Three things I’d say to my younger self are work harder because someone else out there will definitely be putting in the work when you aren’t, stay confident no matter what because that is the number one factor that will keep you alive in this business, and don’t forget to enjoy life and everything outside of acting while trying to achieve your goals, because it’s so easy to get wrapped up in trying to “make it” that you lose sight of the little things everyday that make life and this world so special.
NIE - Anyone you would like to thank at this moment?
Myles Clohessy - I really just always want to thank my parents, my fiancee, my friends, who have been there for me through out my whole life, supporting me, loving me, and inspiring me to achieve my goals.
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